The intense activity that goes on in kids’ brains makes it hard for them to stay awake for long periods.
After the first year, two naps become one. By age 5, 80% of kids have given up naps. Sleep patterns are consistent through age 10 when adolescence begins.
When kids stop taking naps, it means their nervous system has matured so they can stay awake longer.
Disorders such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, autism, bipolar, colic, sensory processing and allergies affect a child’s healthy sleep patterns.
If your child is seriously impacted by sleep problems, keep weekly records and talk with your doctor.
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